Last day of the 10 x 10 Challenge (click here to start reading my other posts), and I’m sad that is has come to an end, but I think this will become a seasonal tradition for me, in the hopes that I can become more aware and connected to the clothes I have and become a more conscious shopper.
To finish off this challenge, I wanted to compile all the information I shared during these past 10 days and create for you a go-to reference of steps to make your wardrobe more eco-friendly.
This guide addresses the 5 areas of the clothing’s lifecycle: material, production, shipping, use, and disposal.
#1 – MATERIAL
Consider what your clothes are made of & do your research.
Avoid buying plastic fabric. Some examples are: polyester, lycra, and nylon.
Ensure the alternatives to plastic fabrics are being made with the environmental impact in mind (for example cotton is certified BCI – “Better Cotton Initiative” promoting more sustainably-made cotton).
Check out Day 4 & 5 of my 10 x 10 challenge to learn more about why materials matter.
# 2 – PRODUCTION
Prioritize quality over quantity.
Avoid fast fashion retailers such as H&M and Zara.
Research the brand/company & consider:
- Where is the product made?
- How is the product made?
- Is there a certification mentioned (check out different textile eco-labels here)?
- What is their mission or vision? Is the environment mentioned in it?
- Do they have a good reputation for being environmental?
#3 – SHIPPING
Again ask, where is this garment made?
The closer to your home the garment is made, the less it travels, which then reduces its carbon footprint.
#4 – USE
Shop in your closet & use what you already have.
Build a capsule wardrobe with your existing clothing.
Buy second-hand clothing.
Plan and/or attend a clothing swap.
Take care of your clothing:
- Wash your clothing less frequently (my rule: no spills & no smell under the arms, I wear it again!),
- Consider hand washing your clothes,
- Use shorter wash cycles & use cold water cycles,
- Only wash your clothes if you have a full load,
- Use liquid detergent with plastic fabrics,
- Buy a device for your washer to catch micro-fibres (such as Guppy Friend),
- Sun bleach instead of using chemical bleach,
- Hang dry your clothing.
#5 – DISPOSAL
Avoid the Landfill: